Intelligent Design As Universal Creation
Which super genius is more omniscient? - Stephen Hawking vs. God
Stephen Hawking’s recent statement: “God did not create the universe.”
CNN reports that, in Hawking’s new book, he argues that spontaneous creation is a function of gravity, and that God has no role in creation. How do you respond as a Christian to those you meet who state an anti-creationism position?
Well…but God did after all come first, as He is and was, before all time existed and everything else!
And God said unto Moses, “I AM THAT I AM:… (the essence and source of ALL things infinite)” (Exodus 3:14 KJV)
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is (now-the present), and which was (before all time), and which is to come (the infinite future), the Almighty (the ONLY ONE capable of performing all this).
(Revelation 1:8 KJV)
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
(Revelation 22:13 NIV)
It was God that created “gravity” and made it “function” therefore putting everything into motion, and thus, what Stephen Hawking is referring to as “spontaneous creation”, was able to occur. Why can’t some people embrace the fact that this is the direct result of a pre-planned sentient act or “intelligent design”?, or more simply by the hand and will of God.
“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”
(Jeremiah 32:27 NIV)
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light” : and there was light.
(Hmmm…The “Big Bang”???)
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
(Genesis 1:1-5 -KJV)
“This is what the LORD says- your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens (the gravitational effect of the “Big Bang”), who spread out the earth by myself, who foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners (aetheist scientists), who overthrows the learning of the wise (mainstream darwinian science) and turns it into nonsense,…”
(Isaiah 44:24-25 NIV)
Perfection in Design - Not Just "Spontaneous Creation"
“Something that WE KNOW is there but cannot be observed or proven by conventional means.”
And perhaps now with the further understanding of the sub atomic realm and “dark matter”, which perhaps is inappropriately named because it is NOT “dark” but merely invisible…
For the first time, physicists have confirmed that certain subatomic particles have mass and that they could account for a large proportion of matter in the universe, the so-called dark matter that astrophysicists know in fact is actually there but that cannot be observed by conventional means (May 31, 2010 / By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times).
Well then… this may also be a clue to understanding God better… “Something that WE KNOW is there but cannot be observed or proven by conventional means.”
Astrophysicists have also said in reference to the existence of dark matter from their observations, that the total amount of visible matter is insufficient to account for gravitational effects. It is estimated that dark matter accounts for 80% of the mass of the universe and visible matter only 20%.
Perhaps this “non-existant” (unitl now) matter accounts for an explanation of what holds together the entire fabric of the multi-verse (such as the Holy Spirit is the binding force in all of creation). Wouldn’t it surprise scientists to one day discover that this “invisble matter” is actually sentient and is but one aspect of an omnipotent and omnipresent “greater being” (our God).
We who have faith and believe in the “invisible” are the only line of defense in the scientific debate over these matters…
“You are my witnesses”, declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me (before time) no god was formed, nor will there be one after me (end of the universe). I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior." “I have revealed and saved and proclaimed - I, and not some foreign god (leaders of the scientific community) among you.” “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “that I am God. Yes, and from ancient days (the beginning of the universe) I am he. No one can deliver out of my hand (the laws of physics). When I act, who can reverse it?” (Isaiah 43:10-14 NIV)
For this is what the LORD says- he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth (the “little bang”), he founded it; he did not create it to be empty (the first primordial protein strands), but formed it to be inhabited (the beginning of molecular life) - he says: “I am the LORD, and there is no other.”
(Isaiah 45:18 NIV)
“Remember this, fix it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels (modern scientists). Remember the former things, those of long ago (“old-school” science - which included God -BTW); I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me (the only “greater being” capable of universal creation). I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times (the beginning of mankind), what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand (the laws of physics), and I will do all that I please (even bend the laws of physics).
(Isaiah 46:8-10 NIV)
Fortunately there ARE scientists (currently a minority) that are looking at this same new evidence and see it as further proof to support the theory of “intelligent design” on a cosmic and micro-atomic level and is a further confirmation of the infinite scope and power of God. Along with Creation Science or scientific creationism, which is a branch of creationism that attempts to provide scientific support for the Genesis creation narrative in the Book of Genesis and disprove generally accepted scientific facts, theories and scientific paradigms about the history of the Earth, cosmology and biological evolution; there may yet still be hope for the vast majority of the intellectual and scientific communities.
Intelligent design (ID) is a scientific theory that employs the methods commonly used by other historical sciences to conclude that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection. Contrary to what many people suppose, the debate over intelligent design is much broader than the debate over Darwin’s theory of evolution. That’s because much of the scientific evidence for intelligent design comes from areas that Darwin’s theory doesn’t even address. In fact, the evidence for intelligent design comes from three different areas of study: Physics and Cosmology, the Origin of Life, and the Development of Biological Complexity.
As noted by Jay W. Richards, Ph.D. of the Acton Institute: “When physicists say, for example, that gravity is “fine-tuned” for life, what they are really saying is that, if the gravitational force had even a slightly different value, life would not have been possible.” (See full article at the Opposing Views website). For a more detailed discussion on this, also look at chapter nine of “The Privileged Planet: How our place in the cosmos is designed for discovery”, by Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay W. Richards (Washington DC: Regnery, 2004).
In response to the question, “How does your view of intelligent design in biology fit with the findings and theories of cosmology and physics?” Michael Behe, author and Professor of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, provided the following answer:
“The conclusion of intelligent design in biology fits very well with unexpected results in the past few decades from physics and astronomy, which show that the universe, its laws, physical constants, and many details, are ‘fine-tuned’ for life on earth. For example, if the charge on the electron or the properties of water were much different, life as we know it would be precluded. Biology has now discovered that the fine tuning of the universe for life actually extends into life. The term ‘consilience’ denotes the situation where results from several scientific areas point in the same direction, reinforcing our confidence that the conclusion is correct. Biology has attained consilience with results from cosmology and physics.”
With Physics and Cosmology, the reason why the laws of the universe are so highly complex is because they are very unlikely. Cosmologists have calculated the odds of a life-friendly universe appearing by chance are less than one part in ten raised to a power of 10 with 123 zeros after it! As an atheist cosmologist Fred Hoyle observed, “…common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super intellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as with chemistry and biology.” The universe itself just shows strong evidence of having been designed.
Therefore with the Intelligent Design belief, the observable evidence of design is not limited to just design in biology, but extends to the entire observable universe.
“Listen to me, O Jacob, Israel, whom I have called: I am he; I am the first and I am the last. My own hand laid the foundations of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I summon them, they all stand up together."
(Isaiah 48:12-14 NIV)
~ Read the Original CNN Story ~
The Privileged Planet: How our place in the cosmos is designed for discovery
This work provides a fascinating account of how some of the more recent developments at the frontiers of science have made possible a revival of the "Intelligent Design" (ID) argument. It presents more sophisticated scientific argument, more direct treatment of opposing arguments, and less dogmatic philosophizing than did Carl Sagan in his work.
- How will God respond to Atheism & Richard Dawkins
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